In late 1999, a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Study (EIS) was initiated for the Evansville to Indianapolis portion of I-69. A detailed analysis of 12 alternatives was presented in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released in July, 2002. In December of 2003, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for I-69 was issued. The FEIS recommended Alternative 3C as the preferred corridor for I-69. The Federal Highway Administration selected Alternative 3C for I-69 in its Record of Decision (ROD) dated March 24, 2004. The ROD paved the way for the initiation of Tier 2 studies for I-69.